Te Papa National Museum:
Experience all of New Zealand in one building. Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum, provides a unique insight into New Zealand, with exhibitions that embrace both Maori and European perspectives on our land, environment and people. But this is no ordinary museum. Te Papa is recognized as a world leader in the new wave of innovative and interactive museum experiences, and has achieved an international reputation for excellence since opening in 1998. Te Papa is located on Wellington’s spectacular waterfront and is open every day from 10am to 6pm (9pm on Thursdays). Admission is Free.
Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui
In the Māori language Wellington means ‘the head of Maui's fish’. Caught and pulled to the
surface by Polynesian navigator Maui, the fish became the North Island.
Zealandia - The Karori Sanctuary Experience:
Ten minutes from downtown Wellington, Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience is the ultimate urban nature experience, a world first conservation attraction where a unique protected natural area is being patiently restored. Some of New Zealand's rarest and most endangered wildlife has been released inside the Sanctuary like the little spotted kiwi, tuatara, saddleback, stitchbird and kaka - all protected by a predator-proof fence enclosing 225 hectares of regenerating forest. Stroll leisurely around natural bush, lakes and historical buildings at your own pace or join a guided tour during the day or night. You can walk across a unique historic dam, see a 19th century goldmine carved in hillside, take a scenic ride on an electric boat or picnic on a grassy lawn by the wetlands. A multimedia exhibition allows you to see, feel and play with the history of New Zealand's wildlife and landscape.
Middle Earth Half Day Filming Locations:
This Half day Lord of the Rings tour brings you to the best locations in Wellington City. This is the easiest way to see Wellington's Lord of the Rings sights in half a day with the experience of a knowledgeable Lord of the Rings specialist guide.
There are two main parts to this tour. The first is exploring the film locations used around Wellington City. We start by heading up to Mt Victoria and after a quick stop at the lookout for fabulous views of the City & Harbor we drive down to the 'Green Belt'. Here we leave the vehicle and walk through the forest to stand where the actors stood while filming. We visit many different scenes here including "Shortcut to Mushrooms", " Get off the Road", "Race to the Ferry", "Dunharrow Plateau" and more.
For the second part of the tour, it's off to 'Wellywood' the heart of the Wellington Film industry. We drive out to the suburb of Mirimar where Sir Peter Jackson & Weta NZ have put the film studios & post production facilities. We stop at the Weta Cave shop & museum and include the new 'Workshop Tour'. This is a unique guided tour of the physical prop-making & make-up side of the Weta Studios. Then we see a short film about the Digital side of the productions. After time to allow you to pick up any souviners, we take you back to the city via Oriental Parade.
City Highlights Tour - Half Day:
Wellington has a beautifully compact Downtown area and picturesque hilly surrounding suburbs. After drving through Courtenay Place and Oriental Parade, we head up Mt Victoria for spectacular 360o views of the City & Harbour. We then travel the stunning, rugged coastline of Wellington, now a marine reserve, stopping along the way to taste some famous Wellington coffee.
We then return to the central city for a drive through the quirky Cuba Street, along Lambton Quay, the main shopping street and stop for a chance to ride the famous Wellington Cable Car. We finish the tour with stops at Parliament and Old St Pauls Cathedral. Your guide can then drop you back to your hotel, or reccomend a drop-off point for more explorations of our City.
City Highlights Tour - Full Day:
In this comprehensive full day city tour you will be provided with a chance to gain an insight into the places and attractions that have made Wellington a delight for the discerning international visitor. We start the tour by driving down Courtney Place, the home to much of Wellingtons nightlife and restaurants. We then head through pictuesque Oriental Bay on the way up to Mt Victoria for 360o views of the city. Our next stop is the New Zealand Parliament where you will do a tour inside the buildings and then jouney onwards to the stunning Old St Pauls Catherdal.
After absorbing all of this it is time enjoy an amazing lunch at one of our favorite coastal cafes and then popping into the suburb of Miramar to visit the world famous Weta Workshop which is the centre of New Zealands movie industry. At Weta you will be treated to their new 'Workshop Tour', a behind the scences tour showcasing the amazing works going on in "Wellywood".
We then drive around the wild and untamed Southern Coast of Wellington, much of which is a marine reserve, until going back into Wellington city to visit the quirky Cuba street precienct. Which then turns into the main street of Wellington, Lambton Quay. At this point we stop so you get a chance to ride on one of our better known attractions the Wellington Cable Car which you ride up the hill where your driver will meet you again. We have saved the best for last as the next stop is Te Papa National Museum of New Zealand. Here you enjoy a tour of the cities crown jewel before your guide offers you some options for where you would like to finish up your day.
Middle Earth Full Day Tour:
This Lord of the Rings tour is a full day and our most popular tour, it visits all of the filming locations for Rivendell where Frodo recovered from his knife attack; the River Anduin where the Fellowship voyaged to Amon Hen; the river where Aragorn was washed ashore after the attack of the Wargs. The Gardens ofIsengard, the site of the Orcs Felling the Trees and where Gandalf rode to see Saruman. Go to the Mount Victoria lookout and Buckland Forest where you can race to the Buckleberry Ferry and "Get off the Road", where the Hobbits hid from the Nazgul/Black Riders. Over look the Dunharrow Rohirrimencampment and visit the quarry used for the filming of Helms Deep in Rohan and Minas Tirith in Gondor.
You will enjoy an al fresco lunch (weather permitting) or dine at one of the region's leading restaurants.
You will be spellbound at the site of Lothlorien - the majestic Fernside Lodge. This private garden is exclusively accessible with Flat Earth Tours. In the year 2000 Fernside’s lake was transformed into part of Lothlorien, and also the Gladden fields. You will see where Smeagol and Deagol fought for the Ring right at the lake-side. Fernside’s white bridge is a reminder of the bridge of Lothlorien. Fernside today remains a magical place and a must do for any Lord of the Rings fan.
This tour also includes a visit to the world famous Weta Cave. Weta NZ & Wingnut Productions were the companies resposible for making LOTR and many other blockbuster films. At this unique attraction we include the 'behind the scens' Workshop Tour and exclusive DVD that can not be seen anywhere else in the world.
Absorb Wellington's story through its food and people. A food tour for people who love culinary tourism, people with an appetite for exploring new places through food and wine. Connect with like-minded local food lovers, meet top food professionals and uncover culinary treasures, people and places hidden from most visitors. Start with great coffee and tastes at one of our favorite boutique coffee roasters. Explore the best fresh food store where Wellington foodies and chefs shop, here we'll gather a basket of products to taste and discover some indigenous foods. Indulge in a Tasting Lunch at an award winning restaurant, where the owners and/or chefs will introduce their food and regional wine matches.